Monday, March 21, 2016

Gallant, Water Coolers & Presidential Logos

Weekly Update 2016-13: Listening to some soul-synth from Gallant, thinking about the usage of cone-shaped paper cups that accompany water coolers, and the new presidential logo for Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Music: Gallant
A couple friends roped me into seeing Zhu in May in Toronto. I'm not a huge fan of electronic shows at the Phoenix, but I was so excited to see that Gallant is opening the show. This guy has some amazing talent. Coming from Los Angeles, he belts out some truly excellent soul in his songs. I am honestly a little confused about the strange mixture of his R&B with Zhu's electronic music, but I am otherwise really pleased about this strange turn of events. I mean, he's got a bit of synth,'s a strikingly different vibe. Listen below:

I finally made it to a Spelling Bae at the Ossington bar! I am pleased to say that I made it to the third round before being knocked out by the word "victuals" (pronounced "vittles" - and that's how I spelled it). It was amazingly awesome and I can't wait for the next one. Now that my Hebrew classes have moved from Tuesdays to Thursdays, I can go!

I am also teaching myself to play Led Zeppelin's When the Levee Breaks on drums because it's just challenging enough, yet slow and repetitive for me to practice over and over. And let's be honest, it's a great song. I could probably listen to it 100 times in a row and not get sick of it. And in the next week, I probably will!

Lastly, I was outside at least as much as inside during the daylight hours of this bright and beautiful weekend. I took a walk through Christie Pits on Friday after work on my way home, and then came back after dark for a nighttime swing on the swingset. The park is very different at night, but equally as charming.

Then I took a Saturday morning walk through the north part of the park on my way home from the grocery store, and found an excellent view of the park from a set of benches on the corner. See below:

I ran some errands on Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, and decided that just wasn't enough. So on Sunday, I took the bus down to Coronation Park and watched the planes land over the water.

And if that weren't enough, my parents came down to take me to dinner and I showed them the excellent graffiti on the garage doors lining the west side of Bickford Park. Those are pretty special.

I also got my 3D Printing Certification at the library, and updated my journal on Arduinos.

I have a ton of screenshots from using the Android phone, and I feel like I want to collect them in some sort of amalgamation of what I've learned from them about usability. I'm going to do that this weekend, in addition to a small freelance project I have on the go.

I'd also like to figure out how to get into AskDN and then write a post asking for advice about moving to Portland. Better to start the research as early as possible, right?

Random Thought:
It's strange how outdated water coolers are. There's no real reason for the change, it's not like people drink water differently now, but I reflected the other day that I haven't seen a water cooler in an office for quite some time.

And that got me thinking, do you remember those cone cups from water coolers? The paper ones that you'd pull down from a weird dispensing tube? Man, those are so wasteful. Not only for the obvious reason that people should be using reusable cups, but moreso because you can't set them down without getting water everywhere. Even if you drink all the water in them, some will still dribble out from the inside, and they'll roll around on your desk, touching everything with the part that you put your mouth on. Who invented such nonsense?!

Inspiration: Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Okay, I'll be honest. I know next to nothing about the current state of affairs with the election in the United States. But I will say that from a design/advertising standpoint, Hillary's got my vote. Check out her campaign website at the link above, or the image below:

And her logo is spot-on. The arrow is so clever.

I like how simple it is, and how it reflects moving forward, which is basically what her whole deal is about. It's iconic, and the arrow can be used anywhere and still reflect her brand. I mean, it's no Obama 2008 logo, but it's pretty good.

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